The New Discipline Rules: Advice from Parent Coaches

My kid is a picky eater.

Coach's Playbook

Cassani Adams: Let him try new foods with something he likes, such as cheese sauce, ketchup, or ranch dressing. Be positive, and keep your expectations realistic: If your child takes a bite or two, that's success.

Dr. O'Brien: When you serve a new food, make a side dish you know your child will eat. But don't give in by making her a separate meal. She won't starve, and eventually she'll learn to give new things a try.

Wolf: Instead of letting your child graze all day as he pleases, schedule regular snacktimes, such as at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so you know he'll be hungry for meals. That way, he'll be more open to trying new things.

DeMars: Put a little bit of the new food on her plate, along with something you know she'll eat. Don't expect immediate results. You may have to serve it to her 10 times before she'll take more than a bite of it.

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